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The Gala Theatre

Millennium Place
Durham City
County Durham

Tel: +44 03000 266 600

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The Gala Theatre

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Recent Reviews:

  • allertonlad
    Northallerton, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Very enjoyable second visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 25th September 2016
    Made a second visit to the Gala Theatre, this time to see Miles Jupp perform. This is a modern, compact, very comfortable theatre, in the city centre. Great sight lines from seemingly wherever you... Read full review
  • 19amanda92
    Durham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Cinema visit last weekend
    3 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 24th September 2016
    The cinemas are a lot smaller than average, but this can be good sometimes. They're always cleaned well and the staff downstairs are always really lovely. Unfortunately the guys who work upstairs... Read full review
  • David B
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Good Venue
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 7th September 2016
    The gala theatre is good for its size, but is obviously limited by this. It only has two cinema screens and rooms and screens are slightly smaller than your normal cinema. However Durham has no... Read full review


Provider Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction


  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Infra red loop system.
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • On-Site café/restaurant - Cafe bar for 75 people. Serving hot and cold beverages and snacks.

Payment Methods

  • Delta accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 500
  • Solo accepted
  • Special group rates
  • Visa accepted

Provider Facilities

  • Toilets

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted - 2 meeting rooms

Opening Times

2016 (2 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016)
Monday - Saturday10:00 - 20:30
Sunday14:30 - 20:30
Bank Holiday14:30 - 20:30

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Nearest major road is A1(M). From the A1(M) take the A690 into Durham city.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station is Durham. Regular buses into the centre of Durham from across the region.

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Thursday, 24th November 2016 - Saturday, 7th January 2017

The Gala Theatre: Pantomime - Jack and the BeanstalkWe've already got our magic beans planted in preparation for Gala's next GIANT family pantomime. Jack and the Beanstalk follows in the footsteps of Gala's biggest ever show Cinderella, which received acclaim from both critics and audiences.
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Friday, 4th November 2016 - Friday, 4th November 2016

durham remembersThe Gala Theatre: The Battle of the Somme FilmOn Friday 4 November, Gala will play screen The Battle of the Somme, a film of the actual battle that was first aired in 1916 and was seen by more than half of the British population.
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Saturday, 18th March 2017 - Saturday, 18th March 2017

The Gala Theatre - Al Murray Let’s Go Backwards TogetherPublican. Politician. Other thing beginning with P. Philosopher, yeah, that. The nation’s critically acclaimed bar-based-braveheart, Al Murray - The Pub Landlord embarks on a common sense campaign to re-Great Britain in his brand new show.
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Wednesday, 22nd February 2017 - Wednesday, 22nd February 2017

The Gala Theatre - Count Arthur Strong - The Sound of MucusUsing stories and other things that are secret, Count Arthur Strong, showbiz legend, pays tribute to one of the best musicals he can remember. Uniquely recreating the salient and poignant moments for your enjoyment. Plus something else. Don’t miss.
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Wednesday, 16th November 2016 - Wednesday, 16th November 2016

The Gala Theatre - Jon Boden Goes SoloOver the course of his career, Jon Boden has become one of the outstanding performers of traditional music of his generation. In one capacity or another, he has won eleven BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
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Tuesday, 15th November 2016 - Tuesday, 15th November 2016

The Gala Theatre - Ulysses' Homecoming English Touring OperaOne of the certain masterpieces of Venice’s glory days is Monteverdi’s crowning achievement recounting the delicate interplay between gods and men when, long after the end of the disastrous Trojan war, Ulysses is reunited with his wife.
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Monday, 14th November 2016 - Monday, 14th November 2016

The Gala Theatre - Xerxes English Touring OperaOne of ETO’s most warm-hearted and humorous productions of recent years was Xerxes, which saw Handel’s astonishing setting of a Venetian text relocated to the Battle of Britain, with the Persian king recast as a glamorous prince-turned-pilot jealous
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Friday, 14th October 2016 - Friday, 14th October 2016

Friday, 11th November 2016 - Friday, 11th November 2016

Gala Theatre - Funny Bones Comedy Club Our monthly dose of Friday night funnies returns with a mix of seasoned stand - ups and new comedic talents ready to have you laughing your socks off!
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Thursday, 29th September 2016 - Thursday, 29th September 2016

The Gala Theatre - The Big Chris Barber Band Inspired by the 'King Oliver Creole Jazz Band', Chris formed his first band in 1949 at the age of nineteen and has since gone on to become not only Europe's most successful and influential bandleaders, but a bona fide jazz legend.
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Friday, 30th September 2016 - Friday, 30th September 2016

The Gala Theatre - Henning Wehn Westphalia Is Not An OptionJoin German Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn for an evening of Teutonic jolliness at its best. After his last show tackled those well-known staples of light entertainment that are the British obsession with home ownership.
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Saturday, 1st October 2016 - Saturday, 1st October 2016

The Gala Theatre - Pajama Men 2 Man 3 MusketeersThe spectacularly surreal Pajama Men have won acclaim across the globe. Peek into the labyrinthine minds of two of comedy’s greatest talents with an audacious show packed with new, dizzyingly hilarious characters.
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Wednesday, 5th October 2016 - Wednesday, 5th October 2016

The Gala Theatre - Andy Hamilton - Change ManagementIn his 60 years on this planet, comedy writer and performer Andy Hamilton has experienced many changes. For instance, he was once a 6’4”-tall professional basketball player, until a tree fell on him.
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Thursday, 6th October 2016 - Thursday, 6th October 2016

The Gala Theatre - Marcus Brigstocke Why the Long FaceI was born with a long face and now there's UKIP and Putin and being single and Islamic State and George Osborne and Paul Dacre of the Daily bastard Mail and tax dodging corporations and the bloody election and did I mention being single?
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Saturday, 8th October 2016 - Saturday, 8th October 2016

The Gala Theatre - Nell Bryden A darling of BBC Radio 2, Nell Bryden has become a listeners' favourite in recent years for her powerful, soaring vocals and accomplished song writing. She is to many the true definition of musical independence, dedicating her life to touring.
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Sunday, 9th October 2016 - Sunday, 9th October 2016

The Gala Theatre - You’ve Got A Friend The Music of James Taylor and Carole KingFrom the creators of the smash hit West End show ‘The Simon & Garfunkel Story’ comes a brand new theatre experience celebrating two of the World’s greatest songwriters of all time - James Taylor and Carole King.
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Wednesday, 12th October 2016 - Wednesday, 12th October 2016

The Gala Theatre - King Lear The Royal Shakespeare Company, Live From Stratford Upon AvonKing Lear has ruled for many years. As age begins to overtake him, he decides to divide his kingdom amongst his children, living out his days without the burden of power.
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Friday, 14th October 2016 - Friday, 14th October 2016

The Gala Theatre - Omid Djalili Schmuck for a NightAward winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili known for his legendary stand-up performances, is back on a nationwide tour! Intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining.
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Monday, 17th October 2016 - Tuesday, 18th October 2016

The Gala Theatre - Frankenstein Blackeyed Theatre in association with South Park HillA brand new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Gothic horror masterpiece fusing ensemble storytelling, live music and stunning theatricality. From the artistic team behind Blackeyed Theatre’s hugely successful 2013 production of Dracula.
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Wednesday, 19th October 2016 - Wednesday, 19th October 2016

The Gala Theatre - Matt Forde It's My Political Party (And I'll Cry if I Want To)Following the UK's most important referendum until the next one, Matt Forde celebrates why it's great/awful that we're in/out of the EU/UK/NATO/whatever the hell happens next. As seen on The Royal Variety Performance 2015 (ITV),
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Sunday, 23rd October 2016 - Sunday, 23rd October 2016

The Gala Theatre - Jeremy Hardy Jeremy Hardy is in his 4th decade as a stand-up this year. That’s a more dramatic way of saying he started 32 years ago and, without a lottery win, probably has at least another 32 years to go.
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Wednesday, 26th October 2016 - Wednesday, 26th October 2016

The Gala Theatre - Seann Walsh The Lie-in King returns with a brand-new show. Described by The Guardian as “unquestionably the best observational comic of his generation" However dishevelled he may be, the Foster's Comedy Award nominee is also one of the best comics in the country
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Thursday, 27th October 2016 - Thursday, 27th October 2016

The Gala Theatre - The Entertainer The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company LiveSet against the backdrop of post-war Britain, John Osborneʼs modern classic conjures the seedy glamour of the old music halls for an explosive examination of public masks and private torment.
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Saturday, 29th October 2016 - Saturday, 29th October 2016

The Gala Theatre - Jason Byrne is Propped Up Jason Byrne is “Propped Up” is a brand new show from the very experienced, very funny, very highly acclaimed, very absolutely trouser wetting, very can’t watch much more as I think I’m going to die comedian.
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Saturday, 29th October 2016 - Sunday, 30th October 2016

The Gala Theatre - Carl Hutchinson The FixerFrom people who obnoxiously post motivational quotes on social media, racist taxi drivers, grown-up dinner parties, patronising relatives to those who urge you to “stick your phone in rice when you get it wet”.
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Sunday, 30th October 2016 - Sunday, 30th October 2016

The Gala Theatre - The Lindisfarne Story When Tyneside group Lindisfarne exploded onto the UK music scene in 1970 they became the standard bearers for acoustic based rock music.
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Monday, 31st October 2016 - Monday, 31st October 2016

The Gala Theatre - Doug Scott Everest: The Hard WayThe first ascent of Everest: The Hard Way, when the late Dougal Haston and Doug Scott made the first ascent of the mountain’s massive South West Face, remains one of the most significant climbs in mountaineering history.
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Monday, 31st October 2016 - Monday, 31st October 2016

The Gala Theatre - The Sons of Pitches The first ascent of Everest: The Hard Way, when the late Dougal Haston and Doug Scott made the first ascent of the mountain’s massive South West.
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Wednesday, 2nd November 2016 - Wednesday, 2nd November 2016

The Gala Theatre - Jimeoin Renonsence ManAn evening of brilliantly observed, ever-evolving and hilarious stand-up from the internationally acclaimed star of TV shows including Live at the Apollo, Royal Variety Performance, John Bishop Show,
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Thursday, 3rd November 2016 - Thursday, 3rd November 2016

The Gala Theatre - An Evening with Gervase Phinn Gervase Phinn has been touring theatres across the country for over 10 years now as a hilarious raconteur. The best-selling and award-winning author, radio and TV personality, really is at his best and most exciting in front of a live audience.
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Saturday, 5th November 2016 - Saturday, 5th November 2016

The Gala Theatre - Midge Ure Midge Ure has a career that spans over 40 years – from his “pop band” beginnings, “almost” joining the Sex Pistols, the electronic groundbreaking work with Visage, via the mainstream success of Ultravox to the twists and turns of his solo releases.
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Thursday, 10th November 2016 - Friday, 11th November 2016

The Gala Theatre - Coal Gary Clarke CompanyMarking the 30th anniversary of the end of the 1984/85 British Miner’s Strike, award winning choreographer Gary Clarke proudly presents Coal, a riveting dance theatre show which takes a nostalgic look at the hard hitting realities of life at the coal
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Saturday, 12th November 2016 - Saturday, 12th November 2016

The Gala Theatre - James Acaster James Acaster finds himself with something to look forward to. Something he's always wanted. Something we all want.
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Sunday, 13th November 2016 - Sunday, 13th November 2016

The Gala Theatre - The Illegal Eagles Long established as the World’s Official No.1 Eagles tribute, The Illegal Eagles make a welcome return for yet another outstanding show promising more of their tight harmonies, acute attention to detail and incredible showmanship.
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Saturday, 15th October 2016 - Saturday, 15th October 2016

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Thursday, 13th October 2016 - Thursday, 13th October 2016

An evening with Alan Johnson - Durham Book FestivalWe’re delighted to welcome one of our bestloved politicians back to Durham Book Festival this year. Alan Johnson is a Labour party MP who served as Home Secretary and filled a wide variety of cabinet positions in the Brown and Blair governments. The third volume of Alan’s memoirs, The Long and...
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Saturday, 8th October 2016 - Saturday, 8th October 2016

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Sunday, 9th October 2016 - Sunday, 9th October 2016

Matt Miller: Sticking - Durham Book FestivalA solo spoken word theatre show about moving away from home for the first time. Are we stuck with who we are or can we dive into the unknown and become someone else? Drawing on the artist’s experience of his first three months at university, Sticking combines poetry, music and upfront storytelling...
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Tuesday, 11th October 2016 - Tuesday, 11th October 2016

The Best in New Fiction: Picador Showcase - Durham Book FestivalJoin us for a drink after work & meet some of the most exciting new voices in fiction. Hear the authors read from their brilliant debut novels and learn more about their journeys to publication. Megan Bradbury’s Everyone is Watching looks at the men and women who have defined New York, as seen...
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Wednesday, 12th October 2016 - Wednesday, 12th October 2016

An evening with Anthony Horowitz - Durham Book FestivalAnthony Horowitz is an internationally best-selling author who has written over 40 books including the teen spy series Alex Rider, which is estimated to have sold 19 million copies worldwide. Anthony’s recent books include two new Sherlock Holmes novels, The House of Silk and Moriarty, and most...
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Wednesday, 5th October 2016 - Thursday, 6th October 2016

The Gala Theatre - She Wins All the RacesA brand new one-woman show about anintelligent, happy little girl Belinda, who loves life, her two brothers and stealing The Priest’s biscuits with her best friend Angela. A celebration of the courage and resilience of the human spirit, with quirky, physical storytelling and a little bit of Abba!...
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Friday, 7th October 2016 - Friday, 7th October 2016

The Gala Theatre - Tony's Last TapeFollowing a successful and critically-acclaimed London and Edinburgh Festival run, Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company’s hit drama, now embarks on its first tour. Tony Benn sits in a room faced with a collection of recording devices that he has accumulated over his long and eventful life. He pours...
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Sunday, 16th October 2016 - Sunday, 16th October 2016

Gala Theatre - Miss Saigon Anniversary PerformanceWith songs by Schonberg & Boublil (Les Miserables), Miss Saigon has been a huge audience favourite since it first hit the UK stage with two successful West End runs. This year sees the musical celebrate its 25th anniversary with a special one-off performance that will be shown on the big screen at...
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Friday, 28th October 2016 - Friday, 28th October 2016

Gala Theatre - Key ChangeWritten by Catrina McHugh Directed by Laura Lindow The prison van, fences high, a Magpie. One for sorrow. Snatched the babies. The mother fought, but it was too big, and flew too high. Devised with women in HMP Low Newton to tour to male prisons, critically-acclaimed Key Change carries their...
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Friday, 21st October 2016 - Saturday, 22nd October 2016

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Friday, 21st October 2016 - Saturday, 22nd October 2016

Take Off Festival - Molly's Marvellous MoustacheMolly wants to be just like the grown-ups, so her Mummy makes her a moustache. With her moustache she can go anywhere and do anything she likes. But Molly learns that being a grown up isn’t all fun. Featuring an original musical score and lots of laughs, Molly’s Marvellous Moustache is a new...
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Friday, 28th October 2016 - Friday, 28th October 2016

Gala Theatre - Paul FootIn Paul’s first new show in two years, Professor Ketchup and his camembert piglet join forces as he tackles the big issues such as terrorism. Plus Ant ‘n Dec, immigration, X-Factor and breakfast. The multi-award winning Paul has appeared on numerous TV and radio programmes including Never Mind The...
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Friday, 28th October 2016 - Friday, 28th October 2016

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Wednesday, 2nd November 2016 - Wednesday, 2nd November 2016

Gala Theatre - Next Up.....Come and join us as we showcase new work by some of the most exciting emerging talent in the region. A relaxed evening of performance as artists try out their work in front of an audience. Conversation and constructive feedback is encouraged!
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Sunday, 20th November 2016 - Sunday, 20th November 2016

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Friday, 16th December 2016 - Friday, 16th December 2016

Gala Theatre -The Suggestibles' Impro PantsoNo script. No score. No kids! Your suggestions inspire the crazy characters, ingenious songs, and all the twists and turns in this Christmas cracker of a show. Oh, yes they do! The legendary improv comedy troupe creates hilarious havoc in an off-the-cuff, off-the-wall festive fun-ride like no...
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Monday, 5th December 2016 - Saturday, 24th December 2016

Gala Theatre -The Elf's Christmas Wish Elf and Elfie are back in Durham this Christmas and getting into their usual muddle! This year they have moved to the Wrapping department and have to make sure all the presents are ready for delivery but Uh Oh!... What a catastrophe!... Something has happened to the map needed to guide the sleigh...
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